Pieces of Viking pottery with traces of cat and dog paws, seen at the Musée de Normandie in Caen Castle
“So back in the day pets already ruined their owner’s artwork.” - My sis who took the photo
“ruined”? made better
It’s very humanizing to imagine some poor potter in the past screaming “nnnnooooooo bad kitty” somewhere in Scandinavia
If it was ruined, the artisan wouldn’t have baked it.
That’s… that’s a delightful point you just made.
This person chose to bake and keep their cat’s artistic contribution.
i was in spain once and there was a building with a tile that had been laid down in roman times: it had a dog’s paw print. and the thing was that after the dog did that print, the wet tile was dried, and then fired, and then shipped, and then laid, and for two thousand years every person who encountered that tile thought ‘aw! paw print!’ and kept it. this vast agreement by thousands of people over all these centuries, in memory of a dog only one of us could have met.
i loved that tile.
As anyone who has worked with wet clay knows, these pawprints could be removed with a dab more clay and a stroke of one hand.
That they weren’t, says all that needs said.
The hand was too busy stroking something furry that purred or wagged its tail.
The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, has announced plans to force smartphone and other electronics manufacturers to fit a common USB-C charging port on their devices. The proposal is likely to have the biggest impact on Apple, which continues to use its proprietary Lightning connector rather than the USB-C connector adopted by most of its competitors. The rules are intended to cut down on electronic waste by allowing people to re-use existing chargers and cables when they buy new electronics.
“European consumers were frustrated long enough about incompatible chargers piling up in their drawers. We gave industry plenty of time to come up with their own solutions, now time is ripe for legislative action for a common charger,” European Commission executive vice-president Margrethe Vestager said.
As of 2016, the amount of electronic waste produced across the bloc amounted to around 12.3 million metric tons.
doesn’t apply to wirelessly charging, so…no prizes for guessing what NEW proprietary FEATURE Apple will push next
Good news: if you’re currently laying around and not producing anything, you are a credit to your species.
I’m an ant biologist and I’d like to point out that ants also spend a significant percentage of the time doing nothing.
Turns out sometimes the most evolutionary useful thing you can do is chill and not wear yourself to shreds, whether mammal or insect. It helps you deal with emergencies and adapt to change. Plus, you can act as living food storage!
That last part is probably more an ant thing than a human thing, but hey, live your dreams.
it’s also a bear thing, which absolutely explains me
Doing absolutely fuck-all is how antarctic sea sponges live to be over 10,000 years old, so live your best, longest, laziest life.
Remember lions? Fellow apex predators?
Yeah, they spend 16-20 hours of the day laying around, socializing, raising Cubs and napping.
The last 4-8 hours are spent hunting.
Wait wait, they’re not a primate so they don’t count.
How about Orangutans?
Well, they spend 90% of their time awake just hanging out in food-rich areas, eating fruit and leaves, socializing, raising children, and chilling.
Well, they’re not people so it doesn’t-
How about Stone Age people in Europe?
They probably worked 3-5 hours per day, every day. (Though seasonal changes in food scarcity could change that)
Laborers in ancient Egypt worked 8 hours, with an hour break at lunch. They did this for 8 days, then rested 2 days. That sounds familiar. Except… they also had regular time off for festivals and holidays, and only worked for about 18 out of every 50 days.
Artisans in imperial Rome generally worked from 6am to Noon, and then had the rest of the day off… and only worked for half the year, due to all the holidays and festivals they got off.
But that’s too easy, what about a Peasant in medieval England?
6-8 hours per day, with Sundays off, Farm workers put in longer hours at harvest time but worked shorter days in winter when there are fewer hours of daylight. Economist Juliet Schor estimates that in the period following the Plague they worked no more than 150 days a year, due to the long holidays and many festivals.
Ugh, let’s go poorer. 17th century France. Starvation was afoot for the working poor!
During the reign of King Louis XIV, the workers of France had it tough, and hunger for the poorest was a fact of life. The typical working day was as much as 12 hours long, but two hours were set aside midday for lunch and perhaps an afternoon nap. Nevertheless, the Ancient Régime is said to have also guaranteed peasants, labourers and other workers a total of 52 Sundays, 90 rest days and 38 religious holidays off per year, meaning they worked just 185 out of 365 days.
So what changed?
The industrial revolution, baybe~~
New factory owners could work their employees to the bone due to a lack of regulation and abundance of cheap labour.
The typical factory worker in mid 19th-century England toiled away for a soul-destroying 16 hours a day, six days a week, 311 days per year!
THAT nightmare became the standard by which western society began to judge “work-life balance” and anything gentler than the industrial factory’s unfettered brutality is considered “softness”
(So many people died being mangled in those machines. Hair handkerchiefs went into style during American industrialization because working women would otherwise get their hair caught in the machines, and be either scalped or be bodily pulled inside to die…. But that’s a horror for another time)
Americans in 2020 worked an average of 8.5 hours per day on weekdays, plus another 5 hours on weekends.
Taking out federal holidays and weekends, we work 262 days per year. Most of us get 5-9 sick days to take per year. (Yes, a fixed number, no matter how sick you really are), and usually either no paid vacation, or 7-15 days paid vacation, depending on seniority and the company. Unpaid vacation doesn’t have a max, but taking it often risks you getting fired.
Even comparing against the poorest laborers in ancient history the current working structure for humans is, frankly, inhumane.
We are mammals. Let us rest. Let us celebrate holidays and attend festivals. Let us attend to our homes and families.
Even the ultra wealthy folks who got their heads chopped off gave us more time off than this!!!
Someone in the comments said something like “humans are instinctively industrious and productive, as social creatures!”
Buddy, that’s a lie fed to you by capitalism.
In our default state, we attend to our families yes, but we also party like hell, lounge around, and make fantastic works of art just to be proud of ourselves. We made beautiful things for the joy of creating them.
Stone Age humans may have spent a couple hours hunting and gathering, but DEFINITELY spent loads of time painting every available surface. Time and weather washed most of it away, but some places like Arizona and Colorado still preserve a few of the endless murals made by ancient hands.
Evidence shows that the ancient world was COVERED in paintings and etchings - just saturated with images of birds and beasts and humans, sunsets and cool weather. We invented mythologies and painted about them. We did something impressive, and painted about it. We taught our children how to paint and lifted them into our shoulders so they could mark the ceiling.
In our most base state, humans will work enough to survive, but our instincts demand we use all other time to create art. We want to communicate. To make connections.
“Working” or “being productive” is not on that list.
Thank you for coming to my TED talk.
It’s not just the industrial revolution baybeee as a lot of that shit got kicked square in the arse by the rise of the labour movement
8 hours work, 8 hours sleep, 8 hours play. 40 hour weeks, 40 weeks a year (that’s only 200 days a year btw). We’ve crept from that shit by greedy, greedy, greedy arseholes since the 1950′s who want all the work done but not to pay for it.
Given that there’s a fair amount of empirical evidence that distributing money entirely at random is a more effective way to boost the economy than any form of targeted stimulus yet devised, you could probably make an argument for universal basic income including a lottery component. Everybody gets a baseline standard of living, of course, but on top of that, every week some randomly selected schmuck just gets a million dollars for absolutely no reason. Enormous opportunities for corruption, of course, but if it could be kept honest, just imagine the chaos.
The fact that “basic bitch” is used as an insult by people who consider themselves informed champions of social justice just shows that the left is not even bothering to try to hide its misogyny anymore. Existing while female is seen as a crime that one must constantly atone for by devoted and neverending service to men and children (even if that service consists of nothing more than entertaining them with creative yet palatable fashion choices) or by renouncing womanhood.
The only difference between this and the attitudes held by fundamentalist Christianity and similar right-wing groups is that the left pretends that women hold a position of power and privilege within society, while the right sees women as specialized creatures who were born to serve men.
I’m certainly not the first person to say it, but in terms of sex, queer leftist ideology is basically indistinguishable from MRA/incel ideology, not only in the specific instance of pressuring lesbians to have sex with physically male people, but in the overall view that biological women hold a special and unfair power over all other groups and have a responsibility to take care of them to make up for it. I probably shouldn’t have been surprised that tumblr liberals unironically adopted incel terminology like “simp” and “chad.”
someone make a ‘’the chad Ursula K. Le Guin vs the virgin j. k. rowling’’ to piss this terf off
Oh that joke has been done ages ago, here you go :)
On top of the mess that is this post, I should note that ‘simp’ actually comes from aave with roots in 90s black hip hop. So calling it “Incel terminology”? racist as fuck, whether done intentionally or not.
I had a feeling I’d seen that before, but I was too busy getting railed by a statuesque transgender supermodel, snorting fat lines of black market hormones, and reading Earthsea all at the same time to look it up.
man yall the interpersonal drama in ancient rome was something else like. there was a guy named crassus who had a pet eel and was so sad when it died that he gave it a funeral, and when another dude named domitius ahenobarbus made fun of him for throwing an eel funeral, crassus was like “oh so this is coming from the guy who’s buried three of his wives and not even shed a single tear about it.” wish i could’ve been in the room for that one
#I keep fucking saying that the real technological innovation is not going to be found in a bunch of coked up silicon valley shitbags #it's gonna be found in some bumfuck town deep in a third word where someone works out how to build a satellite out of scraps
back at the turn of the century there was this brief fad for techno mixes of classical music, which despite its short lifespan remains possibly my absolute favourite subgenre ever, even above ‘this angry robot wants to fuck you’. it appears the orchestral world has responded.
not saying I’ve been stressed recently but i was so happy to see this that i genuinely burst into tears
the editing on this video is SO GOOD TOO
Wow I did not expect this to make me tear up. I’ve been to a Darude concert when I was into clubbing (and had a chance to meet him back stage because I was the camera operator for an interview my friend did with him. He was chill and nice). But also, I love the symphony, and played violin. This is the best of two things I love very much :D
#lol turn of the century older than tat my friend olderrrrrrrrrrrrr DISCO BEETHOVEN ANYONE?